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Gators baseball players Brian Johnson, Austin Maddox named to John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award Watch List

Florida juniors Brian Johnson and Austin Maddox have been named to the Watch List for the 2012 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, announced today by The College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Johnson has compiled a 5-4 record with a 4.29 ERA in 13 starts on the mound spanning 65 innings. He has 52 strikeouts and has limited opponents to a .273 batting average. Johnson is also hitting .323 with 32 RBI, 15 runs and 14 extra-base hits (nine doubles and five homers).

In a team-high 25 appearances, Maddox is 12-for-12 in save situations to lead the SEC and is 2-2 with a 1.58 ERA. He has struck out 51 batters and issued eight walks in 45.2 innings, while opponents are batting just .185 against him. At the plate, Maddox is hitting .262 with five runs, five RBI and five walks.

“The SEC is one of the strongest baseball conferences year-in and year-out,” Olerud Award co-chair Aaron Thomas said. “So, it’s only natural that a number of players from that conference made the Watch List. But, we’re excited to see how players from some of the other conferences continue to perform as the season winds down.” 

The ACC, Big 10, Big West, Southland and West Coast Conferences all have more than one representative on the list. Two schools – Florida and Georgia Tech -- have two representatives on the list.

The award, named for the former Washington State star who achieved success as both a first baseman and a right-handed pitcher, will be presented as part of the annual College Baseball Night of Champions on June 30 in Lubbock, Texas. The event features the presentation of numerous awards and the induction ceremony for this year’s Hall of Fame class, including former Gator standout Brad Wilkerson (1996-98).

Here is the full Watch List:

GEORGIA TECH- Zane Evans, Jake Davies; ILLINOIS - Reid Roper; OHIO STATE: Josh Dezse; LOUISVILLE - Cole Sturgeon; Cal State Fullerton - Michael Lorenzen; UC SANTA BARBARA - Greg Mahle; EAST CAROLINA - Drew Reynolds; OREGON STATE -  Ryan Gorton; ARMY -  Kevin McKague; AUBURN -  Justin Bryant; FLORIDA -  Brian Johnson,  Austin Maddox; KENTUCKY - A.J. Reed; TENNESSEE - Drew Steckenrider; SAMFORD - C.K. Irby; TEXAS STATE  - Jeff McVaney;  UTSA - Casey Selsor; GONZAGA - Marco Gonzales; PEPPERDINE - Aaron Brown.



[Last modified: Monday, May 7, 2012 12:40pm]


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